dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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dreadedcandiru2

War of the Matriarchs

Another interesting way in which Guisewite is superior to Johnston is her depiction of the mother-daughter bond. Instead of the unhealthy situation in which Not-so-great Grandma Marian had sort of colonized Elly's mind to the extent that Flapandhonk simply cannot conceive of a situation in which she can do things differently than her mother, Cathy spent most of her single life trying to remind her mother Anne that she big enough and old enough to decide for herself how to live. It didn't always take but at least she gave as good as she got. What she didn't do was bond with the Hillmans to any great extent; that's because it's sort of impossible owing to the fact that Irving's family doesn't look like they were born naturally but were instead grown on Kamino to serve in the Grand Army of the Republic. Not only does she feel overwhelmed by the human wave of what might as well be an army of clones, they don't go out of their way to make her feel all that welcome. Case in point: as far as I know, Mrs Hillman has never used Cathy's name to address her. I do not know if this is owing to her not remembering it or not wanting to acknowledge that HER BABY is married to some girl who's all wrong for him because all he needs is mother love but I'm leaning heavily toward the latter. One can thus expect a huge battle in which Cathy's mom tells the moocher to step off or else.
Tags: cathy: no nose but also no foobery, irving
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